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Oilers, Roloson blank Kings 4-0

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton went on the attack early, pinning the Kings in their zone right off the opening faceoff.

On the team's first shift, Chris Pronger had a great scoring chance as he had a clear lane to the net before blasting a shot on Garon from the right point.

The Oilers continued to pour on the pressure and it resulted in an early goal. 1:43 in, Jarret Stoll threw the puck in front to Raffi Torres who jammed it past Garon to make it a 1-0 game.

Right after the whistle, the Kings threw out tough guy George Parros who dropped the gloves with recent Oilers call-up Brad Winchester. Parros got the better of the Edmonton rookie in the fight.

On the following shift, Marc-Antoine Pouliot made his NHL debut officially at the 1:47 mark. His shift was 42 seconds, winning a faceoff and losing one.

Torres almost netted his second of the game just past the midway point of the first. After corralling the puck in the slot, Torres skated to the top of the right faceoff circle and teed off a blast that just missed the net.

Late in the period, Sergei Samsonov scored his third as an Oiler, taking a feed from Pronger, dashing end-to-end and undressing Kings blueliner Brent Sopel before backhanding it over the shoulder of Garon to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead.

After a dominant opening frame, the Oilers carried a 2-0 lead and 12-5 shot advantage into the intermission.

Roloson was sharp early in the second. With Los Angeles on the power play, he came across to stop a Mark Parrish blast from the high slot.

A minute later, Smyth made a beautiful drop pass to Hemsky, giving him a wide open net but Hemsky's shot missed the net.

The Kings had two more penalties through the first nine minutes of the period but the best scoring chances went to the Oilers. Horcoff and Smyth almost converted on a two-on-one followed by Ethan Moreau getting Garon out of position before wrapping around the net but he was unable to find anyone in front.

Just past the midway point of the period, the Oilers converted on a power play of their own. Samsonov did an excellent job fighting off the checkers before kicking the puck into the slot to Jaroslav Spacek. The defenceman's initial backhand was stopped by Garon but he was able to pound on the rebound and lift it over the Kings goaltender.

Three minutes later Ales Hemsky finally broke his scoring slump with a beauty of a goal. He took the puck into the slot before pulling the puck back and then slipping it into the open net.

After another successful period, the Oilers were outshooting L.A. 25 to 14.

The third period involved a lot of back-and-forth action between the two teams particularly in the early-going. Roloson and Garon both had to make big stops.

Pouliot came within inches of getting his first NHL point with 11:30 to play in the game as he fed Radek Dvorak a nice pass in front. However, Dvorak was unable to get a stick on it.

With about eight minutes remaining, Pouliot got some power play time and acquitted himself well creating several chances.

NOTES: Marc-Antoine Pouliot had a successful NHL debut with 10:24 of ice time and 9-for-13 in the faceoff circle (69%) to lead all Oilers... Brad Winchester also drew into the lineup with Rem Murray, Georges Laraque (hip flexor) and Todd Harvey (back) all scratches. Marc-Andre Bergeron returned to the lineup from a knee injury, displacing Matt Greene... Every Oiler registered a shot in goal except Fernando Pisani... Roloson's shutout was only the second this season by an Edmonton goaltender. Ty Conklin shut out Chicago back on January 3... The Oilers improved to 4-4-1 this season when wearing their third jersey.
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